ERIC Number: ED205210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Computer-Aided Transcription in the Courts. Executive Summary. National Center Publication No. R-0058.
National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, VA.
This report summarizes the findings of the Computer-Aided Transcription (CAT) Project, which conducted a 14-month study of the technology and use of computer systems for translating into English the shorthand notes taken by court reporters on stenotype machines. Included are the state of the art of CAT at the end of 1980 and anticipated future developments; an analysis of the experience of state courts using CAT systems and a comparison of their experience with that of free-lance reporters using CAT in the private sector; conclusions drawn from six case studies (not included) to provide guidance for other courts to use in deciding whether and when to implement a CAT system; and a universal cost-benefit methodology for use by courts regardless of their particular operating environment. A brief discussion of management strategies and an outline of the implementation process conclude the report. Lists of current CAT vendors and courts with CAT systems in operation or being implemented are appended. Anyone seriously considering implementing a CAT in a state court is advised to obtain a copy of the complete report. (LLS)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Court Reporters, Evaluation Methods, Flow Charts, Guidelines, State Courts
Richard W. Delaplain, Director, CAT Analysis Project, National Center for State Courts, 300 Newport Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185 (complete report).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, VA.
Identifiers: Transcription Method